New Hungry for Change Program- Trade as One

March 20, 2012

Here are a few more details on Trade as One’s Hungry for Change program from their website:

A Quick Look at Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change is a 5 day challenge which allows you to experience something like the type and level of consumption of food and drink that half the world’s population, who live on less than $2 per day, experience on a daily basis.

Food for Five Days: The pack, which costs $25, contains enough rice, beans and oatmeal to sustain one person for five days at the typical calorific intake of those on $2 a day.

Equip and Reflect: The program is fully supported with a detailed instruction and information booklet, and with a week of thought-provoking and reflective emails sent directly to each participant to encourage them on the journey and to help them turn their thoughts towards God’s purposes during the experience

Provide Food for the Hungry: Through its partnership with Food for the Hungry, Trade as One has designed the pack so that each one purchased also supplies beans that, when planted and grown, will feed one person for a whole year in the developing world.

Provide Dignified Jobs: The rice in the pack is fair trade certified and provides dignified employment to rural farmers in Thailand that keeps communities together and prevents urban migration.

Calculate (and Donate) the Savings: Participants are encouraged to calculate the difference between what they would normally spend on food and drink in 5 days, and the $25 cost of the Hungry for Change pack. Churches and groups then encourage their participants to give towards some designated cause that is close to their hearts and related to issues of poverty. An average amount saved per person over 5 days is around $75.

Decide: Some churches choose to incorporate the Hungry for Change program in a teaching series, or during Lent, or just as a stand-alone experience. There are many ways in which this program can be effectively used and we would be happy to discuss these with you.

You can get further details here.

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2 Responses to “New Hungry for Change Program- Trade as One”

  1. TrishaDM Says:

    This is a fascinating cause. I plan to look into it a bit further. I am currently doing 40 days of water (foregoing all drinks other than tap water and donating the money that I would have spent to well building in Uganda) and I have found even that to be eye opening with regards to how fortunate we are to have running, clean water at our disposal free of charge. Thanks for sharing!

    • Robin Johnson Simpson Says:

      I’m with you! Clean water coming out of our tap. And we take it for granted. I just participated in a group at my church that was examining various aspects of extreme poverty. Our last session was on water and sanitation. I was shocked to find out that 50% of the wells installed in the developing world are non-operational within two years. Would love to hear who you’re supporting. Thanks for sharing!


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